In a recent national survey of sixth graders with excess weight, 24 percent boys and 30 percent girls experienced daily teasing, bullyng, or rejection because of their size.
That number more than doubles by high school with 58 percent of boys and 63 percent of girls experiencing daily weight related teasing and bullying.
Childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario affects nearly one in three children; should you find yourself worried about your child’s weight you certainly aren't alone. Statistics show that fewer than 1 in 5 kindergarteners identified in at-risk weight categories outgrow their at-risk weight by 5th grade.
Unfortunately not only are children with overweight or obesity at an increased risk of potential medical problems, they’re also at a higher risk of:
- Poor self-esteem
- Feeling socially isolated
- Impaired social skills
- Higher levels of stress and anxiety
- Behaviour and/or learning problems as a result of psychological difficulties related to childhood obesity
Partnering with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Bariatric Medical Institute is now offering a FREE program
delivered exclusively to parents of children between the ages of 5-12
whose weights are of concern.
Our Family Reset program takes place over 12 months with the first 6 months allowing for unlimited access to our registered dietitians, social worker, personal trainers and physicians, followed by 6 more months of careful follow-up with the same team. By working with parents directly on weight related issues, rather than with the children, we eliminate the potential risk of harming a child’s body image or relationship with food. And while you’re working with our team on how to help your child with their health and weight, you’ll be given the opportunity to enrol your child in a 5 week program designed to address bullying, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and anger management.